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Arguments a posteriori, are drawn from effect, consequences or facts; in opposition to reasoning a priori, or from causes previously known.... Read More


ABAD'DON, n. [Heb. Ch. Syr. Sam. to be lost, or destroyed, to perish.] 1. The destroyer, or angel of the bottomless pit. Rev. ix. 2. The bottomless pit.... Read More


ABA'SEMENT, n. The act of humbling or bringing low; also a state of depression, degradation, or humiliation.... Read More


AB'DICATE, v.t. [L. abdica; ab and dico, to dedicate, to bestow, but the literal primary sense of dico is to send or thrust.] 1. In a general sense, to relinquish, renounce, or abandon. 2. To abandon an office or trust, without a formal resignation to those who conferred it, or without their consent... Read More


ABE'LIANS, ABELO'NIANS or A'BELITES, in Church history, a sect in Africa which arose in the reign of Areadius; they married, but lived in continence after the manner, as they pretended, of Abel, and attempted to maintain the sect by adopting the children of others.... Read More


ABHOR', v.t. [L abhorreo, of ab and horreo, to set up bristles, shiver or shake; to look terrible.] 1. To hate extremely, or with contempt; to lothe, detest or abominate. 2. To despise or neglect. Ps. xxii. 24. Amos vi. 8. 3. To cast off or reject. Ps. lxxix. 38.... Read More


ABI'DE, v. i. pert. and part. abode. abada, to be, or exist, to continue; W. bod, to be; to dwell, rest, continue, stand firm, or be stationary for anytime indefinitely. Class Bd. No 7.] 1. To rest, or dwell. Gen. xxix 19. 2. To tarry or stay for a short time. Gen. xxiv. 55. 3. To continue permanent... Read More


ABOL'ISH, v.t. [L. abolco; from ab and oleo, olesco, to grow.] 1. To make void; to annul; to abrogate; applied chiefly and appropriately to established laws, contracts, rites, customs and institutions - as to abolish laws by a repeal, actual or virtual. 2. To destroy, or put an end to; as to abolish... Read More


ABOM'INABLE, a. [See Abominate.] 1. Very hateful; detestable; lothesome. 2. This word is applicable to whatever is odious to the mind or offensive to the senses. 3. Unclean. Levit. vli.... Read More


ATO'NEMENT, n. 1. Agreement; concord; reconciliation, after enmity or controversy. Rom. 5. Between the Duke of Glo'ster and your brothers. 2. Expiation; satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing or suffering that which is received in satisfaction for an offen... Read More

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